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Citrus County demolishes home notorious for drugs and crime, neighbors relieved

Posted: 3:57 PM, May 21, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-21 17:25:35-04
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HOMOSASSA, Fla. -- Citrus County says they’re ridding a Homosassa neighborhood of a deplorable home known for drugs and criminal activity.

"It had rats in it, cockroaches and human feces flowing out of the back of the house," said Sheriff Mike Prendergast.

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Code enforcement also told ABC Action News the roof had holes in it and the yard was so infested with fleas, that our cameras were not allowed to step foot on the property. But neighbors say it was much worse.

"Does nobody understand that drugs are taking over?" said Chaila Thomas.

Thomas says she hardly lets her kids outside because of the drug activity in the home across the street.

"They’ve obviously been cooking drugs, doing drugs, selling drugs," Thomas said. "Everyone is constantly in and out."

Last year, this same home on Park Drive in Homosassa was the scene of a drug bust turned SWAT situation after law enforcement said George Jackson pulled a gun on detectives and then fled. He was later found hiding near the property.

"If you’re going to deal drugs in this county, we’re coming after you," Prendergast said. "And just like the lady who is standing over your shoulder, she’s going to come out with coffee and she’ll be applauding and thanking us for cleaning up the streets of Citrus County."

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Code enforcement says this is the 15th home they’ve demolished so far this year. They say they look forward to working with the sheriff’s office to do more cleanups.

"Hopefully, this is a lesson to everyone around here to stay off the drugs, stay away from it. Because this could be your home next," Thomas said.